FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 080115
SCE Restores Power to Remaining Customers in Downtown Long Beach
At approximately 5:00 pm today, SCE was able to restore service to all identified customers in Long Beach. Customers are now receiving electrical service either through the electric network or temporary generators. The final group of customers to receive electricity were limited to the area surrounding the initial vault fire and outage near 10th Street and Locust Avenue. SCE will continue transitioning customers who are still on generator power to grid power over the evening and into the morning.
Approximately 30,000 customers were without power during the height of the outage, which began on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at approximately 4:00 pm. By 9:30 pm Thursday evening power had been restored to a majority of affected residents leaving approximately 700 customers without power, and by midnight there remained approximately 260 customers without grid power.
Late on Friday, July 31, SCE began assessing the potential to use generator power to temporarily restore power to the remaining 260 customers in the affected area. This approach proved successful last night and resulted in power being restored to approximately 190 of the 260 customers, both business and residential, still without service.
During the day on Friday, July 31, SCE crews, accompanied by Long Beach Police Officers, inspected all but four of the 300 underground vaults throughout downtown Long Beach. The remaining four vaults were inaccessible and will be inspected as soon as possible. Based on information from the inspections, crews began making repairs and worked through the night on the network. Officers directed traffic during the inspections and monitored vehicular and pedestrian safety. Over the course of this power outage, more than 75 crews, comprised of over 150 technical staff, worked on repairs.
SCE continues to encourage customers in Long Beach to make every effort to conserve electricity as the utility continues to monitor the system as it reaches full operational capacity.
For the latest updates, follow the City of Long Beach and City departments on Twitter @LongBeachCity, @LBFD, @LBPD, @LongBeachPW, use the hashtag #lbPWRout2. Also, check @SCE for updates. See the City's website at www.longbeach.gov for more information.